The Global App Market Will Double by 2017

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in apps, network security, virtualization and more:

  • According to AppNation, the global app market will double by 2017 and reach $151 billion. This includes “paid apps, app-enabled purchases of goods and services, and in-app advertising”. However, paid apps downloads will only account for around $1 billion of the total app market. Most of the growth will come from the app-enabled sales of physical goods and services. For more information on the app market, see Computerworld.
  • 3-D printing may lead to intellectual property wars. An ITworld article explored how individuals can use 3-D printers to make copies of manufactured goods – such as toys – and sell the knock-offs, much like pirates sell bootlegged DVDs. According to the article, manufacturers are aware of these threats but don’t know what to do about them. The article states, “Similar to the unsuccessful, and occasionally unflattering, attempts by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to stem music piracy with litigation, manufacturers will have trouble policing illegal counterfeiting after the introduction of at-home 3D printers.” For more information on 3D printing and intellectual property infringement, see
  • Branch offices can use cloud computing to reduce hardware costs. According to ITworld, virtualized networks can eliminate the need for branch offices to purchase dedicated hardware to provide apps and services. The article states that it’s now “often simpler and cheaper to provide apps and services via the cloud than it is to use dedicated branch office gear. While there are exceptions for businesses in certain heavily regulated or non-technical industries, the architectural and functional advantages of the all-online model are difficult to argue with.” For more information on how virtualization and cloud computing can lower branch office hardware costs, see ITworld.
  • Your next job may come through big data. IT recruiters are looking beyond LinkedIn profiles to find the best candidates. According to Computerworld, “An emerging class of search engines is taking a big data approach to recruiting by crawling the Web for every bit of data about you, assembling it into a master profile, rating your knowledge, skill levels and interests, and serving it up to recruiters who can filter it by location, skill, the school you attended and a range of other criteria.” While these tools are currently used to find software development candidates, recruiters plan to use them to find other IT professionals. For more information on how recruiters are using big data, see Computerworld.
  • And finally … 19 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds would take company data if they knew they would be fired from a job. A recent study by Harris Interactive revealed that your employees could be one of the greatest threats to your network. The study also revealed that “16 percent of those who work in an office setting and have ever changed jobs say they’ve been able to use old user IDs and passwords to access their former employer’s network.” For more information, see eSecurity Planet.

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